Jul 272013
 

Dracula as 20th Century character in films and books

written by Bram Stoker is the centre of an Exhibition in Matadero Madrid. The exhibition runs till September.

The exhibition covers the life of Bram Stoker one century after his death. Dealing with his relationship with contemporaries such as Walt Whitman and Mark Twain etc the Exhibition offers an insight into the creator of the Ghoul who frightened the wits out of many reader and cinema goer.

Matadero Madrid

Casa de Lector, Legazpi,8

Madrid.

Metro; Legazpi L3/L6 Emajadores L3 / L5

The City of cartoons

Every Day From: Monday 26 November To Wednesday 31 July read more

Jul 162013
 

The Hot sweltering summer days of Madrid are here and day trips and sight seeing is on the agenda. How about Renting a Bike and whizzing around the streets of Madrid to see all those Monuments that you have been talking about?

Legazpi along the River/canal in Madrid

Legazpi along the River/canal in Madrid

There are lots of places to find Bike Rentals in Madrid and although the prices vary they are not too heavy on the pocket.

If you are not sure where you want to go but feel like Riding a Bike around, a good idea is Juan Carlos Park in the north of Madrid. The Park is definitely Bike riendly with its broad pathways for easy Bike Riding without creating foul ups with walkers. A man made Lake and circular route, plenty of grassy areas to stop and rest and benches to sit and snack on make it an enjoyable couple of hours of exercise and relaxation. read more

Apr 202013
 

The upcoming Madrid Marathon for 28th of April 2013 will go ahead as expected but with a new plan for security after the Events of the Bombing and Terrorist Hunt in Boston,USA.

The Madrid Marathon, known as the Madrid RockNRoll Marathon is a spectacular Event that attracts large numbers of runners and spectators.

Since the Boston Bombing tradegy the number of entrants for the Madrid Marathon has reached record numbers,now at 7,709 runners raring to go and get blisters and prizes.

The start time is a 9 am in El Buen Parque de Retiro. All Races start at the same time and place including the Half-Marathon. read more

Apr 052013
 

28th April 2013 Madrid Marathon and half Marathon

This year the Madrid Marathon takes place again and for the first time includes a half Marathon and a parallel 10 kilometre race. It is considered the biggest running circuit in the World. There will be music on twenty stages and at the end of the race a live concert.

The circuit passes the most interesting monuments and sights of Madrid so the run should be an enjoyable event for runners who run for fun and not full on competition. The route includes Paseo del Prado,Santiago bernabéu Football Stadium, Sol followed by The Royal Palace and Casa de Campo.
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Feb 092013
 

5th Festival De Flamenco and Jazz

Cartel de V Festival de La escalera de jacob

V Festival de Jazz La escalera de Jacob

From 27 February to 21 March, 2012, La Escalera de Jacob presents its V Jazz Festival dedicated to flamenco.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, the emblematic cave of La Escalera de Jacob hosts its Jazz Festival in a new edition that is dedicated to Flamenco-Jazz.
La Escalera de Jacob aims to promote and spread the work of Spanish artists who, from their depth and rigor, have been able to combine the spirit of the most iconic of Spanish music with the richness of a genre that was created in the U.S. but yet is full of African, Latin American and Hispanic rhythmic components and resonances.
On the 27th of February, in a place as intimate as the Magic Cave of La Escalera de Jacob, the guitarist Josemi Carmona´s strings will open a cycle that brings together outstanding artists who explore the relationships between flamenco and jazz. Pablo Martín Caminero, Sandra Carrasco, José Luis Gutiérrez, Anita Kuruba, Enriquito, Carles Benavent, Tino di Geraldo or Jorge Pardo are some of the musicians who will share this expressive richness of a musical blend full of creativity and vitality in the festival. In addition, thanks to El Circuito de Músicas Populares Girando por Salas(The Circuit of Popular Musics Touring Concert Halls), one of the Spanish bass players with the greatest rising impact on a national level, Rubén Rubio, will be brought on stage with his quartet.
This year once again the program collaborates with the consultancy company SpaceMinds, plus different brandnames supporting jazz like Seagrams who solidly develop and carry out the Seagrams Original Sessions within the La Noche en Vivo,The Association of Live Concert Venues in Madrid “The Live Night”.
Besides this, for the first time this year,recently created association Asociación para la Promoción del Flamenco Jazz, will be joining the festival. The association dedicates to promote flamenco-jazz both in Spain and abroad through diverse activities such as an organized series of concerts, training activities, and activities that help to strengthen the emerging and already established values and traditions of Spanish Flamenco–Jazz in general.
All concerts take place at La Cueva de la Escalera de Jacob in Lavapiés from 27 February to 21 March at 9:30 pm. read more

Jul 292012
 

Madrid is a Place of Pleasure and Fun Day and Night

Madrid is a place where both Young People and those of advanced Years can find fun and interesting things to do.

Plaza de Santa Bárbara cafe

Plaza de Santa Bárbara

There are plenty of opportunities for concerts,cinemas and dance clubs for those who love to hit the town late at night and keep going till the sun rises.

International bands play major Gigs here in Madrid just check out concert dates and who is in town this month.

Madrid is vibrant at night. The Weekend, which unofficially starts on a Thursday in Madrid, is the liveliest. Discos, bars and clubs can be located in some of the trendiest areas of Madrid. Malasaña and its surrounding areas like Chueca (the gay barrio) are the best places to go looking for a dance club or neat little bar that offers good food and friendly atmosphere. Try Tupperware in Malasaña read more

Jul 172012
 

Madrid Card

Madrid is great city that boasts a cultural experience second to none in Europe. Museums, Art galleries and Cultural tours of Madrids Historical attractions are included in the Madrid Card.

When you visit Madrid dont forget to pick up a Madrid Card.

The Madrid Card offers free or discounted entrance to over 50 Museums and Monuments in and around the city of Madrid. Just a few of these are The Prado Museum with preferential Entrance, The Debos Temple which is free entrance with the card, The Wax Museum fast entrance and discount. read more

Jun 262012
 

The Madrid Summer has arrived so has the Euro 2012 Football and we are already waiting to see what happens between Spain and Portugal on Wednesday 27th of June 2012. Many people enjoy the atmosphere of a bar when watching football. So, depending on which part of town you are in I can recommend a couple of places that are comfortable and fun to be in.

Café Santa María in Palos de la Frontera

If you happen to be looking for a terrace with a good selection of wide-screen TVs in Palos de la Frontera, then I recommend La Santa María in calle Ancora. The bar is situated on the corner of Paseo del Delicious and is a stones throw from the Metro station Palos de la Frontera. You can easily find a table and good position to sit and watch the Euro 2012 and enjoy the evening warmth of Madrid. The great plus about La Santa María is the service. Its friendly,polite and the owners,  Ángel and Juan , will welcome you with a handshake and smile while serving you a cold beer and free tapa with each new drink. Otherwise the menu of Racíones are varied and I can recommend the kitchen. Who cooks, I dont know, but they serve up a tasty meal. Open all day and the last bar to close at night in the area (02.30 ish.) read more

Sep 172011
 

The barrio of Lavapiés lies south of the city centre. Once the Jewish and Moorish neighbourhood the name lavapiés being translated as Foot-Wash where people would come and have their feet washed ritually.

A great place to visit while in Madrid offering an enjoyable stroll in a non-touristy neighbourhood of Madrids Alternative barrio. In the morning you can stop for coffee and breakfast in one of the many cafés around the area. Just walk along Calle Argumosa (the main drag in Lavapiés) and you will find a table on the terrace to enjoy the Morning sun and something to eat. Keep walking, follow your nose and eventually youll find something to suit your taste. Small side streets offer a variety of cafes for morning coffee not all are open before  12 pm. A lot of the cafés and bars are more suited for night time fun. Calle Argumosa has the advantage of being situated so that you can choose a sunny side of the street or a shaded side of the street. read more